Utah Zion National Park employee, Savannah McTague falls to her death while hiking 1488 foot tall rock tower, Angel’s Landing in the park.
The body of a missing teen girl at Utah’s Zion National Park has been found at the base of a 1,488-foot-tall rock tower in the park.
Savannah McTague’s death came after the 19 year old girl hailing from Maine was came to be separated from fellow workers who’d shed been hiking with prior to her ‘sudden’ disappearance.
McTague who worked as a Xanterra concession employee in the Zion Lodge, was discovered Thursday morning beneath the rock formation known as Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, officials said, St. George News reported.
Authorities said that injuries the employee had sustained were consistent with a high-elevation fall.
McTague had been hiking with two co-workers late Wednesday afternoon when her colleagues notified park authorities around 5:30 p.m. that she was missing and that they suspected she’d fallen, the outlet reported.
Zion National Park rangers notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office around 7:40 p.m. about a report of someone falling from the trail, according to a Facebook post.
‘Our deepest condolences go out to the McTague family and friends,’ park superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said in a press release obtained by St. George News. ‘Savannah was part of the Zion family. This fatality has been especially hard on Zion Lodge and park staff.’
The trail had just reopened Tuesday after being closed for several days following a rockfall. Park officials urged hikers to be careful, as a winter storm was rolling in.
The national park and the sheriff’s office are continuing to investigate. Unclear is how McTague came to actually plunge to her death and what safety protocols were in place. Also not clear is how far up McTague was along the 1,488-foot-tall rock tower before falling.
McTague’s death follows two hikers dying along the trail over the last two years.
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